Christ is Risen, my dear readers!
Christ’s words here to the Jews are directed to each of us. All of human civilization is founded upon this thirst. It is the engine of progress, the stimulus for our scientific discoveries and of artistic and poetic creativity. This thirst is the cause of drug addiction, drunkenness, fornication, and other passions. Man lost paradise, but in his soul remains the memory of that time when everything was very good for him, when he was filled with such fullness that he didn’t want to part with it, and it gave his soul what we would call today, total happiness. But this fullness disappeared, and after the fall, man began to occupy himself with science, thinking to build an earthly paradise with its help. But it all turned out not to be so. And no matter what man invents, in the end it always turns out to be only one thing: a murder weapon. He thought that sensual, aesthetical, emotional, and physiological pleasures would give him a certain fullness of being; but after these things, in the soul remains at best a pleasant aftertaste, and not for long at that. Or emptiness, a feeling of deception and a kind of fakeness. There has never been a single person on earth to whom money, glory, or power could give the happiness he desired. To the contrary, the more a person owns, the more he is owned by what he has horded, acquired, and attained. That person has become no more than the pitiful slave of his own desires.
The only thing that can give us happiness is the Living Water of grace, which the Savior offers us. But it is found in the very depths of our souls. Caves lead to it: one with copper, the next with silver, and only in the third has the gold of grace, which we can draw up only if we do not stuff our pockets with the copper of sensual pleasures, and the soul with the silver of emotional joys; we can have it when we direct our minds and hearts straight to our spirit, in which is found the spring of Living Water. Once you’ve reached it you will know what true happiness really is.